Tips for travelers: how to stay cool in Croatia during a summer trip

Tips & tricks

Looking to beat the heat this summer? We've got you covered! Read this article and check out our top 5 tips for vacationing in Croatia in hot weather.

Let’s face it: there is nothing better than a well-earned vacation after months of hard work and colder weather. However, a summer holiday does come with a warning: the anticipation of holiday fun can lead to careless behaviour in countries that experience hotter weather. Croatia is one of them, however moderate the usual climate may be. Thankfully, there are ways to combat the summer sun, so read our advice for staying cool in the heat!

Is Croatia good for summer holiday?

In short, absolutely yes. The incredibly clean Adriatic sea, famous landmarks and mouthwatering delicacies are just some of the perks of vacationing in Croatia. Of course, the coastline has Mediterranean weather, which means there’s a lot of sunshine and temperatures that easily reach 30°C+ in July and August.

One thing is for sure: if you take basic care of yourself, your Croatian trip will most probably end up great. To ensure smooth sailing, check out our tips for staying cool in the heat!

How to beat the heat while in Croatia on a summer holiday

1. Don’t let dehydration ruin your summer fun

Regular water intake is essential for staying cool, but also for staying hydrated so all organs can function properly. Remember, adults need approximately 2 l of water daily, but sweating during hotter weather increases the necessary amount. Sip water during the day and check the color of your urine to see if you had enough — the clearer, the better. The streets of Croatian towns (and camps) are packed with bars and cafes, so water and refreshing beverages are always at hand. Oh, and ice cream too!

2. Sun protection: stay sunburn free

The UV index in Croatia regularly goes up to 8 during summer, so it’s essential to protect your skin against the harsh sun. Sunscreen is an absolute must to protect you against sunburn, skin aging and overerexposure that causes cancer. Apply evenly before going outside and reapply after swimming. UV light can also damage your eyes, so choose a pair of sunglasses that blocks both UVA and UVB rays. 

3. Cooling clothing: heat & what to wear

When you’re on your Croatian holiday, keep things casual with open footwear and light, loose clothing that allows sweat to evaporate easily. Pick natural materials like linen, cotton or bamboo. Also, white reflects the sun, so maybe keep that all-black ensemble for another occasion.

4. Spend more time in the shade

Even if you’re a huge fan of being on the beach all day, don’t forget to take a break from the sun. It’s recommended to stay in the shade in Croatia from 11 AM to 4 PM, when the sun is at its highest. If you’re on an outdoor adventure, choose your campsite carefully, because pitching your tent in the shade can help in staying cool while camping.

5. Cool off with a refreshing swim in the Mediterranean sea

Maybe you’re the opposite and tend to stay in your rental or hotel to hide from the sun. Relax — as long as you bring water and sunscreen, a trip to the beach won’t do you any harm. On the contrary, refreshment hides in the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic, especially on the wonderful beaches of Pag.
Now that you know all the tips, staying cool in hot weather during your Croatian vacation is a piece of cake. See what Camping Village Šimuni has to offer and book your summer vacation on one of the most beautiful islands on the Adriatic!

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